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Cheney to Romney: Don't just pick a Hispanic VP

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

Former Vice President Dick Cheney warned Mitt Romney not allow election politics, such as concern over the Hispanic vote, to dominate his selection of a running mate unless he believes that person is qualified to serve as president.

"As you watch the talking heads out there now, they're  talking about 'well, gee, you better get a woman or you better get a Hispanic or you better pick someone from a big state,'" he said. "Those are all interesting things to speculate about, but it's pretty rare that the election ever turns on those kinds of issues.

Cheney gave this advice as Romney campaigned with freshman Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who is widely-regarded as top-tier candidate to be tapped as Romney's running mate.

"The single-most important criterion has to be the capacity to be president -- that's why you pick them -- and lots of times in the past that has not been the foremost criterion," Cheney said.

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